The Egyptian citizen who died in German custody hung himself from the window of his prison cell, according to an official statement by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday.
Egypt’s consul general in Germany Eman Moharram met with general prosecution officials in Essen to review the investigation results of the case.
Mohamed Al-Naggar was found dead in a German prison in the city of Essen on 22 June, after being detained on charges of theft and harassment since 9 February. He wrote in his suicide note that he did not want to be buried in Egypt.
According to German officials, this was not Al-Naggar’s first suicide attempt. He had previously tried to swallow a spoon and had been transferred to a hospital. Further, he constantly spoke about his willingness to commit suicide, which urged the prison authorities to put him in solitary confinement and monitor him closely.
The anatomy investigation, which took place on 27 July, showed that there were signs of the hanging and vaccines given to him by doctors to save his life. This terminates claims of torture. Al-Naggar’s father appeared in a TV interview in late June, claiming his son had been tortured by German police officers.
Moharram told the officials during the meeting that they should have informed the consulate about the incident before proceeding with cremating the body. However, officials responded that they had tried to contact his family but no response was made, which allowed them to burn the body automatically, according to the law.